The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

The FMLA was passed to balance the demands of the work place with the needs of families, to promote the stability and economic security of families, and to promote national interests in preserving family integrity. The FMLA is enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor.

The FMLA entitles employees to 12 unpaid, job-guaranteed work weeks of leave during any 12 month period when leave is taken for one or more of the following circumstances: